The majestic Nanga Bawa Peak stands above the peaks at the end of the Himalayas. The peaks as high as 7,782 meters above sea level pierce the sky like a sharp sword and pierce the blue sky. “Nanja Bawa” in Tibetan means “peak higher than the sky” or “Shengtian Peak”. On weekdays, the entire peak body is covered by clouds and fog, like a fairy wearing a veil. The turbulent Yarlung Zangbo River runs along the foot of the mountain, forming the world-famous Yarlung Zangbo River turning. There are a lot of avalanches here, huge ice and snow often break down from the summit, and the amazing roar is accompanied by white air waves rising like a mushroom cloud of atomic bomb explosions. In people’s minds, Nanga Bawa Peak is solemn and powerful, and has the honorary title of “Sacred Mountain”.
Move to “62K”
In mid-August, when we entered the Galungla Mountain in the northeast of Nanga Bawa Peak, we moved along the mountain road roaming with clouds and mists and moved to “62K” at 2600 meters. It’s inaccessible and uninhabited here. Because the road from Bomi to Medog was built, the distance was measured to be 62 kilometers, so we named the place “62K”. It’s really hard to walk on the rough trails here. Just as we passed through the dense forest and reached the valley at an altitude of 3,500 meters, there was a rocky beach several hundred meters wide in front. Green Solo. The lying tree has long since rotted. It is speculated that a large-scale mudslide occurred here thirty or forty years ago. The huge current formed by the sand and stones destroyed a large area of the forest here with overwhelming force, and the bushes and grasses under the forest were also completely buried. The large and small stones were covered with green and fluffy moss, and some were covered with a layer of orange-red lichen, which was a unique sight. The mountain wind sent bursts of roars, we heard the sound, and saw a huge water curtain pouring down from the cliff more than 20 meters high. Due to the large amount of water in the waterfall, the huge difference in drop, and the strong airflow, the nearby trees, flowers and plants are constantly swaying, and the water vapor aroused forms a changing rainbow, which is dazzling. We finally reached “62K” after about 3 hours. In the hillside grasslands and forest edge shrubs, mountain flowers are blooming everywhere, with all kinds of flowers and colors, and the fragrance is refreshing. If a tourist resort is opened up here, it has unique natural conditions.
”62K” is very rich in biological resources. There are many precious animals here, such as antelope, red panda, flying squirrel and so on. The vigorous and tall fir and hemlock are 30 to 40 meters high, and the broad-leaved forest canopy is intertwined, covering the sky and the sun. A small amount of sunlight penetrates in, forming a beam of light, appearing as bright spots on the moss layer or fallen leaves, giving a sense of mystery.
Overcome the natural danger Suila Mountain
Before crossing the Sui La Mountain, I heard that “it is difficult to go up to Sui, and it is dangerous to go down”. After we crossed the Palung Tsangpo River, we headed towards Suila Mountain along a rugged trail that was difficult to identify in the woods. Due to the continuous rain, the grass is deep and the moss is slippery, making it very difficult to walk. At dusk, he spent the night under a few trees with dense branches and leaves. In order to have the energy to climb Suila Mountain, I stopped by the cliff near 2900 meters the next day without going far. From here, we can look up at Suila Mountain. This mountain is tall and majestic, and the top of the mountain is covered with snow all year round. On the northern slope of the mountain, there is only a path that looks like a road and is not a road, hovering over the cliff. Due to the extremely inconvenient traffic, very few people go deep into the big bend of the Brahmaputra from here.
In the Sui La Mountain in early September, the flowers are blooming and colorful. Above 3,600 meters, the mountain is even steeper, and the gravel is scattered all over the place, and some are hanging in the air, which is really scary. After reaching 3,800 meters, the terrain suddenly flattened, showing a vast expanse of snow in front of us, and many places were soaked by snow water to form large pits. Some of the stagnant water is like a small lake, and some of the bottom is leaking with a crisp sound of water. Birds are rarely seen here, and occasionally there are one or two eagles circling high in the sky. Suddenly the sky changed suddenly, the clouds covered the fog, and nothing could be seen in the darkness, and then the rain like silver arrows shot down. The clothes that had already been soaked with sweat were even more wet, and the body was cold and shivering. We looked at each other, all embarrassed, and we couldn’t help but laugh. After a while, the clouds cleared and the fog cleared. We wanted to leave this chilling place as soon as possible. We bowed our heads, God! At the foot of the cliff is a thousand feet. It turns out that we have reached the southern end of the Suila Mountain Pass. Looking down from the height of more than 4,000 meters, the valley is full of forests and seas, the rivers are like lines, and the cattle and horses on the pasture are only the size of beans. But where is our way down the mountain? It was on this cliff. This can’t be called a road at all, and we were cold and hungry at this time, but we were thinking about how to pass this danger safely. After re-adjusting the luggage, began to descend the mountain. We used our hands and feet together, our bodies leaned on the rocks, our hands tightly clenched the cracks in the rocks, our toes carefully stepped on the rocks, our mouths were tightly closed, and we didn’t even dare to let out the air. In this way, it was like going down the ladder. After about an hour, I climbed down the stone cliff of nearly 200 meters from the mountain pass. After passing through the Sui La Mountain Pass, there was no strength left. When I was resting, I recalled that the mountain pass cliff I had just passed had long since disappeared in the clouds.
cross the ice bridge
As soon as we got down to Suila Mountain, we found that there was a snow cover 500-600 meters long and 100-200 meters wide between the valleys of about 2,800 meters. This is formed by the massive snow that slides down the slopes on both sides in winter. Due to the thickness and gravity, the snow packs tightly together to form ice. After the summer, most of it has melted, and now there are 7-8 meters thick in the valley. The river below is rushing, the waves are rolling, and the water vapor spewing from the water outlet forms a white cloud, which is actually an ice bridge. We looked around and there was no way, so we had to climb the ice bridge. Since the ice was slippery, I had to walk slowly. The edge of the ice bridge was washed out of many karst caves by the flowing water from the cliffs on both sides. Looking inside, it looked uneven, with thousands of images, and with the reflection of water and light, it was dazzling and dazzling, like a variety of jade carvings. The ice bridge is uneven and uneven due to the uneven melting of the sun. But what is puzzling is that the entire surface is covered with dimples of similar size, which look like fish scales from a distance. Some parts of the ice bridge made a pleasing sound as it was hit by the running water. There are many cracks in the ice in some parts, and once you slip in, you can’t get out. So we reminded each other to pay attention to safety and prevent accidents from happening. But wrestling is inevitable. When we were about to cross the ice bridge, we heard laughter behind us, and when we looked back, it turned out to be three Luoba girls, obviously because the strange way we walked on the ice bridge amused them. They walked freely on the ice. Even more surprising is that they are all barefoot.
September is a time when the weather is clear and sunny. Looking towards the direction of Galasa, the distant mountains are Qingdai, and the nearby mountains are green. As we descended down the ravine and over the last ridge, we saw a huge river roaring like thunder in the canyon. After checking the location, we realized that we have entered the world-famous Yarlung Zangbo River, and everyone shouted happily. On the open slope of Jiangdong, there are more than 20 houses, and this is our destination. Garaza is surrounded by mountains, there are several peaks directly in the clouds, the climate is hot, and the products are rich. Legend has it that this is a treasure land. According to the old Luoba people, a long time ago, there were two smart and capable Tibetan girls. In order to find a beautiful place to build a home, they started from Nyingchi, climbed many mountains and snow-capped peaks, passed through countless forests and grasslands, and crossed many mountain streams. river. When they passed by here, they were attracted by the beautiful scenery here, so they stayed and didn’t leave.
Now there are more than 100 people in the village of Garasa, including Tibetans and Luoba. They are mainly engaged in agricultural production and also hunting. When we got here, it was the autumn harvest season. The buds and valleys covered the mountains were golden yellow, the chicken feet valleys had begun to cut their ears, and the red, green and green peppers hung on the branches, showing a bumper harvest. The people of Galaza like to grow flowers and fruit trees. Every house is covered by peach trees. The juicy and sweet peach almost broke the branches. Garaza has the characteristics of subtropical and tropical climate, plantains, bananas can be seen everywhere, as well as citrus. On the trees by the riverside, there are leaves with large fans. The local called “Chiruba” climbs the top of the tree, its pods are about 66 cm long, a cactus taller than a person, with gorgeous flowers, and there are many precious animals in the higher mountain forests and precious medicinal herbs. The hospitable hosts brought us fruits, corn, and invited us to drink their manga wine. When we left here and walked up the mountain ridge, we saw them waving at the door of the house and shouting “Yamuji” incessantly.
Nanga Bawa Peak has a picturesque and pleasant scenery. On the way back, it will remain in my memory for a long time. The peculiar geological landforms and colorful natural resources attract tourists to explore its mysteries.